Jumanji managed to twist the popularity of entertaining board games back in 1995 with its story about a mysterious board game that places the players’ lives in jeopardy until the game is won. On eBay, an auction appeared for a real and rare Jumanji board that was actually used in the movie. The board eventually sold for $60,800.
Joe Johnston, the seller of the board and the director of the movie, described the role of this particular board in the film. “This is an original, authentic, screen-used game board box from the movie Jumanji. This is a cast foam ‘carry board.’ This board was used in scenes where the actors (usually Robin Williams) had to walk outdoors or move around in the set with the closed Jumanji game.
“The hero boards that were used for close shots were made of wood and were quite heavy. To reduce the risk of a hero board being dropped and damaged, a mold was made from one of the hero boards and reduced-weight ‘carry boards’ were produced. There were also molded rubber ‘stunt boards’ that were only used when an actor had to run or fall with a closed game board, or interact with it in some potentially dangerous way.
“The ‘stunt boards’ were not photographable in close or medium shots unless they were moving through the frame. The foam ‘carry boards’ like this one were often used when an actor had to enter with the board, put it down and open it up. The hero board would then be put in its place and the action continued.
“As far as I know, there were at least two hero boards constructed (wood boards used in close-ups), one with a false back to allow the magnetized movement of the game pieces. There were components produced that could be assembled into an additional hero board if it was needed. There were at least three ‘carry boards’ produced, of which this is one.
“To the best of my recollection, one of the carry boards was destroyed in the scene where the house splits in two. This one may have been dropped (see seller notes). There were four or more rubber ‘stunt boards’. The dice in the photographs came with this board but there are not dice that were used in close shots of the playing surface of the board.”